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Motor Sports Program a great way for students to enjoy EST

Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 11:05


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The Learning Curve, a student maintained Parkland race car, is a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu with a upgraded 500 horse powered 6.0L GM engine with a TH400 trans, 4.11:1 gear ratio and Moser axle. The racecar is a green machine running on E85 fuel with a fastest run time in a 1/8-mile drag race of 7.04 seconds.

“We generally see as many as five students per year select this option,” Ross pointed out. “Our students have done very well with this education and career track.”

Buth is taking that route and will transfer this coming fall as a major in Automotive Technology after being a Motor Sports major at Parkland.

Buth has seen the benefits of being involved in the program. “I really enjoy being able to get the hands on experience,” he said. “It’s a lot easier when you can actually do it rather than just reading about it.”

Any incoming students that have an interest in cars must work with Ross to set up their schedules. Buth recommends all interested students to give it shot.

“I would definitely come check it out; it’s a great opportunity to learn a lot,” he said. “I’ve learned a ton about the process of putting (cars) together since I’ve come here.”

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